The jury has concluded its fouth day of deliberations in the corruption case against former probation chief John J. O’Brien and two top aides.
The jury of seven men and five women in US District Court in Boston has now deliberated for a total of about 30 hours.
O’Brien and two top deputies, Elizabeth Tavares and William Burke III, are charged with unlawfully doling out jobs to the friends and family members of the politically connected in exchange for favors from state legislators.
Prosecutors allege that the probation officials committed fraud by creating a bogus hiring process to make it look as though they were complying with policies and procedures.
Defense attorneys argue that nothing their clients did was illegal, that it was simply patronage typical of Beacon Hill politics.
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